VLBI - Connecting Astronomers Worldwide
The EVN presents a series of virtual seminars focused on how very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) observations can significantly contribute to different astronomical fields. These seminars are oriented to the broad astronomical community and provide an engaging introduction to cutting-edge research from different groups across the world.
A series of 7 talks, covering 7 different science topics with 7 different speakers, are allocated during 2020-2021. Discover with us these passionate fields.
The seminars will have a duration of 40 minutes (plus around 20 minutes of questions and discussion), and can be joined by Zoom or watched in streaming in YouTube. Note that the Zoom capacity is 100 participants. Once the limit is reached we will refer to the YouTube streaming. The videos will be recorded and published at the JIVE/EVN YouTube channel and could be watched at any time.
Future speakers will include
ASTRON & University of Amsterdam
Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
More specific information about the dates, times, and titles of talks will be posted as it becomes available.
Past Seminars (rewatch them!)
Friday 4 September 2020 - 14:00 CEST
Astro Space Center
VLBI as a key to the origin of high-energy neutrinos
Observational information on high-energy astrophysical neutrinos is being continuously collected by the IceCube observatory. However, the sources of the neutrinos are still unknown. We studied a large complete VLBI-selected sample of extragalactic radio sources and found that AGN positionally associated with IceCube events have typically stronger parsec-scale cores. Moreover, we see an increase of radio emission at frequencies above 10 GHz around neutrino arrival times. We conclude that AGNs with bright Doppler-boosted jets observed at small viewing angles constitute an important population of neutrino sources. High-energy neutrinos are produced in their central parsec-scale regions, probably in proton-photon interactions.
Wednesday 8 July 2020 - 10:30 CEST
University of Bologna & INAF Istituto di Radioastronomia
Using Strong Gravitational Lensing to Zoom in on High-Redshift Galaxies
The centres of galaxies are powerful laboratories to test models of galaxy formation, as well as the interplay between supermassive black holes and their host galaxies. While these sub-galactic scales can be directly investigated in the local Universe, it is observationally extremely difficult to access them at high redshift. In this talk, we will exploit the combination of strong gravitational lensing and multi-wavelength high angular resolution observations to directly study the parsec scale emission in active galaxies at z > 1. The magnifying effect of strong lensing and the milliarcsecond angular resolution of HST, Keck AO and VLBI observations allow us to spatially resolve the central parts of distant lensed galaxies, especially if they are located in the regions at highest magnification. Therefore, it becomes possible to unveil dual and offset AGN candidates, but also faint extended jets embedded in massive molecular gas reservoirs at cosmological distances. Nevertheless, this kind of study is currently limited by the small number of radio-loud lensed sources. We will conclude by discussing the current efforts to search for more lensing systems in wide-field VLBI surveys.
Department of Physics, University College Cork
Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC
Torun Institute of Astronomy, Nicolaus Copernicus University
INAF Istituto di Radioastronomia
Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía